7 Anime Similar to The Detective Is Already Dead

The Detective Is Already Dead is a captivating Japanese light novel series written by Nigojū and brought to life with stunning illustrations by Umibōzu. This thrilling tale has also been adapted into a 12-episode anime series that premiered in July 2021.

The story follows a trouble-prone young boy who finds himself becoming the assistant to a mysterious and alluring silver-haired detective.

Now, let’s jump right into it! Here are 7 anime series like The Detective Is Already Dead.

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7. Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation, A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako’s Feet.

  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Episodes: 12


Like The Detective is Already Dead, Beautiful Bones is a beautifully animated anime that revolves around two unlikely partners solving mysteries together.


A high school student begins to accompany an eccentric osteologist on the many different unsolved cases she comes across.

6. Heaven’s Memo Pad

  • Genres: Mystery
  • Episodes: 12


In both anime, a girl detective has a male assistant that helps them solve cases.


Narumi is an assistant to detective Alice, a NEET teenage girl who stays in her pajamas and operates within her bedroom. She uses her vast network of people and the internet to solve cases.

(Source: IMDb)

5. Death Note

  • Genres: Mystery, Police, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller, Shounen
  • Episodes: 37


Both have intelligent detectives solving mysteries which you will love to watch!


Light Yagami is a teenager who stumbles upon Death Note, a mysterious notebook that grants its rightful owner the ability to kill those whose name is written in it.

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4. Black Butler

  • Genres: Action, Mystery, Comedy, Historical, Demons, Supernatural, Shounen
  • Episodes: 24


Both center around two main characters who solve crimes and mysteries.


A young boy sells his soul to a demon in order to avenge his family’s death and successfully leads their influential toy manufacturing company. The demon takes the form of a loyal butler who’s always dressed in black and is required to protect, serve and arrive whenever summoned by his young master Ciel.

(Source: IMDb)

3. Hyouka

  • Genres: Mystery, School, Slice of Life
  • Episodes: 22


Hyouka is another mystery anime show with a dash of romance, just like The Detective Is Already Dead. If you are drawn to the mystery genre, it’s definitely a must-watch.


An apathetic high schooler ends up joining the Classics Club at his sister’s behest. With his brilliant deduction skills, he and the other members of the club solve a set of mysteries.

2. Gosick

  • Genres: Mystery, Historical, Drama, Romance
  • Episodes: 24


A mystery-solving duo consisting of a cute girl and a boy with a touch of romance.


Gosick is set in a fictional European country in the 1920s.

Kazuya Kujo is a Japanese transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, a place where urban legends and horror stories are abundant. There he chances upon Victorique, a mysterious and brilliant doll-like girl who spends her days either reading in the library or solving mysterious unsolved cases.

After a series of mysterious events take place, the two start working together on solving them.

1. In/Spectre

  • Genres: Mystery, Comedy, Demons, Supernatural, Romance, Shounen
  • Episodes: 12


A genius female main character solves mysterious cases with her male assistant. Obviously, romance is the obvious outcome!


The story revolves around Kotoko Iwanage, a young girl who might look normal but that could not be further from the truth. At the age of 11, she became a mediator between the spirit and the human world. Whenever youkai have some problem they wish to solve they contact Kotoko.

On the other hand, Kurou Sakuragawa is a 22-year-old university student who has just broken up with his girlfriend. Kotoko immediately makes her move when she sees the chance to become closer to Kurou and hopes to get married to him one day.

She quickly realizes that Kurou has a lot of knowledge and can be a great help when it comes to solving the various problems presented by the supernatural so they become partners, but she is still hoping that she can make Kurou reciprocate her feelings in the process.

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Mia Milanová

For years, I've been writing about anime & digital marketing, fusing my academic background (psychology) with my love for writing and anime (200+ shows devoured!). At 9 Tailed Kitsune, I share my love for anime and create a space for fans to connect. ✨

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  1. Omg Hyouka!!!! I love that show, especially Oreki and Chitanda who is my favorite anime couple of all time 😃😃😃

    Also, Beautiful Bones, I remember seeing that at Anime North 3 years ago and might as well revisit it myself. Thanks!

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